Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Today's CT's birthday and to celebrate his birthday, I purposely knocked off straight after school to go to the market and buy groceries to cook dinner for him. CT is a very practical person and he has mentioned before that he does not really want any presents. So I thought, the most practical way is through his stomach!
Cooked sirloin steak, creamed corn soup with fresh flower crab meat, stir fry veggies and crispy pork belly..Also went to buy a cake for him for the kids to enjoy as well!
When I got home, the kids actually prepared cards for daddy. All thanks to my helper, Wina who initiated it!
Here's what Danielle drew for daddy!
She actually drew all that but my helper held Danielle's hand to write those words.
Here's what Caleb did..he did all these all by himself.
Very impressive and proud of them for drawing so well!
I have always wanted my kids to grow up appreciating people around them, not taking anyone for granted as well as to treat people with love and respect. And I know by insisting this, it will require a lot of effort initially. Its the same as teaching my children manners. Its tiring to always reminding them to say, "please" and "thank you" and to call people when they see them or before they eat..It's very trying but I know all this effort will be worth it when they grow up to be respectful and loving.
“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” - C. Everett KoopParents, treat this as your calling..don't give up! The result will be well worth the effort you put in now!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
This year, Chinese New Year falls on 23rd January..so it feels like I just celebrated Christmas, then there was New Year and now, Chinese New Year. One after another..Frankly speaking, the thought of it makes me tired.
I do not like festivals for the fact that there is just too much eating and too many people. (I do not like gorging myself with food and I simply hate crowds)
However, festivals like these bring people together which is why though I do not look forward to it, I appreciate it. That is why in my own selfish mind, I wish I could just go on a holiday during Chinese New Year and flee away from all that visitations, but yet on the other hand, I force myself to stay in Singapore as I think that Chinese New Year is only once a year. How often do I get to some of the relatives? And because I appreciate family ties, no matter how much I want to get out of the country, I choose to stay and spend time with my family, relatives and friends.
On the first day of Chinese New year, always made it a point to eat rice with vegetarian chup chye (Cantonese Style). I would cook it every year for my family's breakfast. But this year, my mum cooked so much that she gave me some the night before to bring back home. Visited my parents after that to serve tea and to thank them for bringing me up. Its so old fashion but I like it as I want to show my appreciation to my parents and I think serving tea is quite significant. Will def want to instil that in my children.
We also managed to skype with my bro and his family in New York.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Actually, I think my parents named me well...as not only once a year, but every day is like a new beginnings for me. Whatever happened yesterday or last night is all in the past..I keep having the hope that it is a new day..the old is gone..the new has come!
I remember there was once a story I read somewhere telling of this guy who always sings in the morning from his house to the lift lobby. And every day, his neighbour would take the same lift down with him and always noticed his singing. So finally, one day, his neighbour finally got curious and asked him," Why is it that I always hear you singing every morning? What makes you so happy?" And the guy replied, " Well, it's because it's a brand new day today and I have not yet lived this day."
So many people I know live life daily as if its going to be the same day in and day out- routined and mandane. Students alike..when I see them dragging their feet to school and treating as if every day is going to be the same old day. But with this story, it gives us a whole new perspective. Cheer up and be excited for this brand new day as we have not lived this day before! With that in mind, it gives me great excitement to do a better job whenever a new day comes and to touch more lives!/
I think that is why I seldom sleep...maybe only during weekend afternoons. If not, I would rather spend time with my friends and loved ones as much as I can as I get pretty excited about being with them and to just enjoy life around me.
My family can be considered an early bird family. My children wake up by 7am. So today, being the New Year Public Holiday, I brought the family to Punggol Beach for some exercise and fun!
I was starving..so bought a packet of Nasi Lemak from this guy who sold it in a bicycle just by the carpark.